You may be planning on starting the year by ditching the booze for a dry January, but the first month of the year will be dripping wet? WITH BLOOD, over on Horror Channel for the next few weeks.
Sky Channel 319 is definitely the place to be as the UK?s only dedicated horror film channel will be painting your living room walls with guts as it unleashes four deliciously gory premieres to keep your juices flowing all the way through the Christmas comedown.
First off, on Friday the 8th of January, is Tom Savini?s version of George A. Romero?s zombie classic: Night of the Living Dead. Savini is no stranger to the franchise ? having wielded a machete in Dawn of the Dead?s mall massacre ? and is one of the finest purveyors of gore effects too, so he brings plenty of love and splatter to his spin on one of the pillars of undead-rising movies. Genre legends Tony Todd (Candyman, Frankenstein), and Bill Mosely (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, The Devil?s Rejects) also star, so there are plenty of reasons to check this one out.
The following Friday sees the network premiere of Panic Button. A British horror thriller from 2011, in Panic Button a group of competition winners jet off on an all-expenses paid trip to New York, New York. Unfortunately, once aboard, the real reason they have been selected is revealed, and their flight becomes a dog eat dog cyber Saw. Budget and talent limitations sometimes leak out, but Panic button is an inventive thriller with some nasty twists. Director Chris Crow?s latest film is a lighthouse keeper survival horror ? so Panic Button is a great way to see his start prior to the release of The Lighthouse.
Horror Channel?s penultimate premiere is the 2013 rebooty remake semi-sequel Texas Chainsaw. This first UK broadcast of Leatherface?s latest may be stripped of its 3D, but there is still a lot to enjoy here. The awesome Alexandra Daddario leads, and after learning that not only is she adopted, but has an inheritance to claim, heads on down to Texas with her chainsaw fodder friends in tow. Bill Moseley crops up again (maybe tape this and Night of the Living Dead so you can do a Mosely Double), as do two of the stars of Tobe Hooper?s original film: Gunnar Hansen and Marilyn Burns.
Seeing the season out in style is a personal favourite of mine: Dr. Terror?s House of Horrors. Peter Cushing stars in this network premiere, alongside Donald Sutherland and ROY CASTLE, in the first ? and, in my opinion, best ? of Amicus studios? anthology films. A train ride with the titular doc ties together five horrifying stories that feature killer plants, a werewolf, a vampire, a disembodied hand, and Roy Castle unwisely performing a jazz cover of a song he overhears during a voodoo ceremony.
Horror Channel?s season of Friday night premieres begins on the 8th of January, and full details are below.
Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138 / Freeview 70
Film News (UK) Horror Channel to screen Friday night premieres
Friday nights in January just got hotter as Horror Channel will be screening the network premiere of Chris Crow?s much-praised cyber Brit-horror PANIC BUTTON as well as the UK TV premiere of TEXAS CHAINSAW, the seventh instalment in the franchise and the Network premiere of Tom Savini?s multi-layered remake of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. There is also a first showing for the Lee/Cushing anthology DOCTOR TERROR?S HOUSE OF HORRORS, directed by veteran horror maker Freddie Francis.
FRIDAY NIGHT PREMIERES: Jan 8 ? Jan 29
Fri 8 Jan @10.50pm ? NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990) *Network Premiere
This remake of Romero?s all-time classic is directed by Tom Savini, Romero?s long-time special effects makeup expert and he brings all the nightmarish, bone-chilling action vividly to life.
Starring the ever-reliable Tony Todd and Bill Mosely, the action centres on seven people, with nothing in common, who barricade themselves inside a farmhouse while an army of flesh-eating zombies roam the countryside with an insatiable appetite for living human flesh.
Fri 15 Jan @10.45pm ? PANIC BUTTON (2011) *Network Premiere
Chris Crow?s inventive twister explores the chilling consequences of posting too much information online and how in cyber-space no one can hear you scream. Four people win a trip of a lifetime to New York, courtesy of their favourite social-networking website ? All2gethr.com. Boarding a private jet, they hand in their mobiles ready to take part in the in-flight entertainment ? a new online gaming experience. But this is no ordinary game. Trapped at 30,000 feet, they must play for their lives and the lives of their loved ones by their invisible captor, who knows every intimate secret. Starring Scarlett Alice Johnson, Jo Michael Jibson, Jack Gordon, Elen Rhys and Joshua Richards.
Fri 22 Jan @11.00pm ? TEXAS CHAINSAW (2013) *UK TV Premiere
Originally entitled Texas Chainsaw 3D this is the seventh film in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise and revolves around Heather (Alexandra Daddario), who discovers that she was adopted after learning of an inheritance from a long-lost grandmother. She subsequently takes a road trip with her friends to collect the inheritance, unaware that it includes her cousin, Leatherface, as well. Also starring are Dan Yeager, and Bill Moseley, with Gunnar Hansen and Marilyn Burns, who appeared in the original 1974 film.
Fri 29 Jan @9.00pm ? DR. TERROR?S HOUSE OF HORRORS (1965) *Network Premiere
Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star in this British horror classic from 1965, the first of a series of anthology films from Amicus, directed by the prolific Freddie Francis. Just as a train departs, a mysterious stranger, Dr Shreck (Cushing), enters the carriage with his pack of tarot cards to tell the fortunes of five fellow passengers. The cards predict that every one of them will suffer a terrible death, but will fate deal them the same hand. Also stars Donald Sutherland, Roy Castle & Michal Gough.
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